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12th Destroyer Flotilla
Active (1915-1919), (1939-1943)
Country  United Kingdom
Branch  Royal Navy
Size Flotilla
Commanders
First Captain Herbert Meade

The British 12th Destroyer Flotilla also known as the Twelfth Destroyer Flotilla was a naval formation of the Royal Navy from November 1915 to March 1919 and again from September 1939 to 2 July 1943.

History[edit | edit source]

World War One[edit | edit source]

The flotilla was first formed in November 1915 and was assigned to the Grand Fleet.[1] Between 31 May and 1 June 1916 it was present at the Battle of Jutland then commanded by Captain Anselan J. B. Stirling.[2] It remained with the Grand Fleet until November 1918 and was disbanded in March 1919.[3]

Second World War[edit | edit source]

In September 1939 the flotilla was re-established and allocated to the Western Approaches Command and stationed at Portland till December 1939 when it was reassigned to the Home Fleet till May 1941 when its ships were dispersed among other formations.[4] It reformed again on 29 January 1943 as part of the Mediterranean Fleet and was part of forces covering the East Mediterranean area till 2 July 1943 when it was abolished.[5]

Administration[edit | edit source]

Captains (D) afloat 12th Destroyer Flotilla[edit | edit source]

Incomplete list of post holders included:[6]

Rank Name Term Notes
Captain (D) afloat 12th Destroyer Flotilla
1 Captain The Hon. Herbert Meade 8 December 1915– 19 April 1916 later Adm.
2 Captain Anselan Stirling 20 April 1916 – 12 October 1918 commanded at Battle of Jutland, later Adm.
3 Captain Rowland H. Bather 12 October 1918 – 24 November 1918 later Radm.
4 Captain William S. Leveson-Gower 24 November 1918 – 1 January 1919 later Radm.

Composition[edit | edit source]

Included:[7]
United Kingdom, Western Approaches Command September 1939

12th Destroyer Flotilla

Division 23

Division 24

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Watson, Dr Graham. "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployment, Inter-War Years 1914-1918". Gordon Smith, 27 October 2015. https://www.naval-history.net/xGW-RNOrganisation1914-1918.htm#3. Retrieved 15 July 2018. 
  2. Willmott, H. P. (2009) (in en). The Last Century of Sea Power, Volume 1: From Port Arthur to Chanak, 1894–1922. Bloomington, Indiana, USA: Indiana University Press. ISBN 0253003563. https://books.google.lk/books?id=IQpsA_Pa3xkC&pg=PA242&dq=11th+Destroyer+Squadron&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiH2b-5oaDcAhWQfSsKHfUSAdIQ6AEISTAH#v=onepage&q=11th%20Destroyer%20Squadron&f=false. 
  3. Watson, Dr Graham. "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployment, Inter-War Years 1914-1918". Gordon Smith, 27 October 2015. https://www.naval-history.net/xGW-RNOrganisation1914-1918.htm#3. Retrieved 15 July 2018. 
  4. Watson, Dr Graham. "Royal Navy Orgnisation in World War 2, 1939-1945". Gordon Smith, 19 September 2015. https://www.naval-history.net/xGW-RNOrganisation1939-45.htm. Retrieved 15 July 2018. 
  5. Watson, Dr Graham. "Royal Navy Orgnisation in World War 2, 1939-1945". Gordon Smith, 19 September 2015. https://www.naval-history.net/xGW-RNOrganisation1939-45.htm. Retrieved 15 July 2018. 
  6. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. "Twelfth Destroyer Flotilla (Royal Navy) - The Dreadnought Project" (in en). Harley and Lovell, 19 April 2018. http://www.dreadnoughtproject.org/tfs/index.php/Twelfth_Destroyer_Flotilla_(Royal_Navy). Retrieved 15 July 2018. 
  7. Kindell, Don. "ROYAL NAVY SHIPS, SEPTEMBER 1939". Gordon Smith, 9 April 2012. https://naval-history.net/xDKWW2-3909-04RN.htm. Retrieved 15 July 2018. 

Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. (2018) "Twelth Destroyer Flotilla (Royal Navy) - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell, 29 May 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  • Kindell, Don. (2012) "ROYAL NAVY SHIPS, SEPTEMBER 1939". naval-history.net. Gordon Smith.
  • Watson, Dr Graham. (2015) Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployments 1900-1914". www.naval-history.net. G. Smith.
  • Watson, Dr Graham. (2015) "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployment, Inter-War Years 1919-1938". www.naval-history.net. Gordon Smith.
  • Watson, Dr Graham. (2015) "Royal Navy Organisation in World War 2, 1939-1945". www.naval-history.net. Gordon Smith.
  • Willmott, H. P. (2009). The Last Century of Sea Power, Volume 1: From Port Arthur to Chanak, 1894–1922. Bloomington, IN, USA: Indiana University Press. ISBN 0253003563.

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